Innovation by Design: When Bad Designs Lead To Failed Innovations

Innovation is a process. It’s not just an idea that turns into a revolutionary product and changes the world. It takes work, trial and error, and most of all, design. Design can be the difference between a product, service, or experience that alters the way people live, and something that is forgotten quicker than it […]

3 Businesses Creating Killer Innovations By Design

Creating solutions for problems is innovation at its core. However, as Einstein said, these solutions require thinking on a different level or in a different way. Sometimes this “different level” is referred to as “thinking outside of the box.” Unfortunately, this gives people the misconception that innovation can only be achieved by the most creative […]

Innovation by Design: What Is It & Why Does It Matter?

Innovation is what drives the world forward. It is what heals illnesses, protects individuals from danger, and makes life easier, more efficient, and more enjoyable. However, innovation does not just happen. It takes a catalyst, and one of the most robust catalysts for innovation is design. It moves an idea smoothly along its journey from […]

10 Ways to Unleash Your Creativity Today

If you want to make your business as innovative as possible, you need lots of creativity and ingenuity. But how do you harness these qualities? Many people struggle to come up with creative new ideas or to think in untraditional ways. Here are some clear and actionable techniques to unleash your creativity in business and […]

Design Thinking and Innovation: A Real Life Example

What is design thinking? How does it contribute to innovation? Are design and innovation fundamentally integrated? In a nutshell, design thinking is problem-solving that uses design principles: human-centered ideation, pattern recognition, marrying meaning to function, and prototyping. There aren’t necessarily an orderly set of steps, but there are three major spaces, according to IDEO, who […]

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200 Years of Great Ideas and Hard Work Led To the Overnight Success of Your Smartphone

As I discussed in a previous post, the basic components of success are the idea, hard work, timing, and maybe a little bit of luck. Here, we’ll look at how that formula worked to create the massive success of the modern cell phone. Success As you walk down the street in any major city in […]

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Create Opportunity: On Malcolm Gladwell, Impressionism, and Being a Big Fish in a Small Pond

Who isn’t familiar with the Impressionists?  Most of us, no matter how little we may know about art, have heard of Monet and Renoir.  Impressionism makes an impact on the human psyche with its sublime, colorful landscapes and distinctive human subjects.  It’s not an exact representation of the world, but rather a rendition of the […]

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Simple invention solves annoying problem in the game of golf

We all have pet-peeves, those small things that annoy us or seem unnecessarily complicated.  What if instead of letting your aggravation build up, you used obnoxious things in life to inspire you to create, innovate and strategize? Event for something like the game of golf. That’s exactly what Aran Aleamoni did, when he created a […]

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An innovation from Luna that could make the washer, the dryer, and the Laundromat obsolete

Right now it is just a design concept, but the Luna Wash, created by Juan Camilo Restrepo Villamizar for 2014’s Electrolux Design Challenge may be just the innovation that makes the washer, the dryer, and the laundromat obsolete. The Luna Wash is envisioned as a sphere that one fills with water and then drops into a clothes hamper […]

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Does it count when old ideas become new ideas?

In the world of innovation, it can be hard to come up with new ideas. It seems like no matter what you think you’ve dreamed up, someone else has had that same dream. But who wants old ideas? Would you believe “a hungry public”? Kurt Wenner is not only a master of his art, he’s the creator of […]

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